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Jan 14 2012 1:00pm

Tor.com 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards Update 01/14

Tor.com 2011 Readers’ Choice AwardsWe’ve tallied your responses to the Tor.com 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards as of 5:12 PM EST, Friday, January 13 and, oh my, you guys are funny.

Author campaigns dueled it out for supremacy on Friday and a new title achieved the #1 slot in the Novel and Short Fiction categories. Here are the top novels as of the end of the work day on Friday:

  1. The All-Pro by Scott Sigler (68 votes)
  2. The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss (63 votes)
  3. The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson (40 votes)
  4. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (34 votes)
  5. Embassytown by China Mieville (32 votes)
  6. The Seventh Throne by Stephen Zimmer (30 votes)
  7. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin (29 votes)
  8. Among Others by Jo Walton (24 votes)
  9. Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi (24 votes)
  10. Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey (16 votes)

The next 10 most voted on titles consist of the same books listed in yesterday’s update, so we’ll skip that for now. (Although we’ve noticed N. K. Jemisin’s The Kingdom of Gods started an upward journey just before the cut-off, so we might see a change in that line-up on Tuesday.)

One of our favorite votes on Friday came in the form of a Lev Grossman fan insisting that the author “dominates all novels... sexually” followed by Grossman’s subsequent response. Our favorite author campaign yesterday, though, resulted in these Best Short Fiction results:

  1. The Shadow War of the Night Dragons, Book One: The Dead City(appearing on Tor.com) - 51 votes
  2. “An Island Sojourn” by Stephen Zimmer (appearing in Dreams of Steam) - 15 votes
  3. Awakening of Evarun, Part 1” by Tom Barczak - 10 votes
  4. “Absinthe Fish” by M. David Blake (appearing in Bull Spec) - 5 votes

Six other short stories received 3 votes, with many others receiving less.

Scalzi fans rallied on the insistence that each vote would save a starving kitten. Suddenly, the voting comment thread was rife with chaotic pleas for the health of kittens and “The Shadow War of the Night Dragons, Book One: The Dead City” shot well past its rivals.

Good job, internet. You’ve saved this kitten:

(Actually, you did save some starving kittens. Scalzi ended up making a donation to the Humane Society thanks to the fervor of his fans!)


The Best Book Cover votes break down as follows:

  1. The Seventh Throne by Stephen Zimmer, cover by Matthew Perry (20 votes)
  2. The All-Pro by Scott Sigler, cover designed by Donna Mugavero (13 votes)
  3. Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente, cover by Beth White, design by Peter Lutjen (11 votes) - See how the cover to Deathless was created.
  4. The Alloy of Law  by Brandon Sanderson , cover by Chris McGrath (8 votes)
  5. Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey, cover by Daniel Dociu (6 votes)
  6. Rift Walker by Clay & Susan Griffith, cover by Chris McGrath, design by Grace M. Conti-Zilsberger (5 votes)
  7. The Unremembered by Peter Orullian, cover by Kekai Kotaki (4 votes)
  8. My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland, cover by Dan Dos Santos (4 votes) - See how the cover to White Trash Zombie was made.

Five other titles got 3 votes while many others received 1 or 2. Cover voting habits haven’t really wavered. It’s still a follow-the-leader field there. (Check out a bunch of cover galleries.)

Just a note: ebook covers are also eligible, which we hadn’t made clear before.


The Best Comic votes finally got a little bit more varied:

  1. Across Thin Ice - 15 votes
  2. Girl Genius - 5 votes
  3. Animal Man (The New 52) - 4 votes
  4. XKCD - 4 votes
  5. TURF - 3 votes
  6. Schlock Mercenary - 3 votes
  7. The Order of the Stick - 3 votes

The top comics voted on are predominantly online, with Animal Man being the largest exception to that. Across Thin Ice has benefited from an author campaign but most of the other votes in the top titles in this category are aggregations across a wide swath of voters.

With the large presence of webcomics, we’re actually a little curious in regards to the absence of more well-known strips like Hark! A Vagrant, Dinosaur Comics, Penny Arcade, and the like.


And that’s the third day’s highly amusing results. You saved a kitten! Great work. We’ll be off for the Monday holiday, but we’ll be back with voting tally updates on Tuesday. Keep an eye on the Tor.com Readers’ Choice Awards index for updates.

The usual reminders: Don’t insults the votes of others. And don’t vote in this post. You vote here and only here.


Stubby the Rocket is the mascot and often random voice of Tor.com. It bets you anything someone isn’t going to read this post and will vote here anyway.

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14 comments
Suzanne B.
1. Suzanne B.
Haha, yes! I am not the only person in the world voting for Kingdom of the Gods.
(sorry, that was random. I was just worried that, given how late in the year it was published, it might be (wrongfully) overlooked).
Samantha Brandt
2. Talia
Some social media savvy was on display here . I guess it can be a handy skill to have.
Suzanne B.
3. paulcon
I dont get the Rothfuss love. His books are cookie cutter. He brings nothing new to fantasy. We've all read his story a 100 times in different novels. Too good to be true hero, tragically seperated from parents...how original. I believe the love comes from people being fans of Rothfuss and his blog not his actual work.
Suzanne B.
4. G Droke
Best Novel: Redheart (Leland Dragon Series #1) by Jackie Gamber from Seventh Star Press
Suzanne B.
5. Mouette
@1. Yes. Kingdom of the Gods = ved it more than even the other two, which I've immediately started rereading!

@3. You were specifically asked not to insult the votes of others, though I suppose your comment is a general insult, instead of directed at individuals. And, frankly, people don't love Rothfuss because of the overarching story: at the base level, of course it looks like something we've all seen before.

Rothfuss' appeal is fourfold: the first part is subverting fantasy tropes such as the one that makes you dismiss him. The second is beautiful language, because his writing is lovely.

The third is the intricacy of that so-called 'obvious' plot - the details are fiendishly complex, well-thought out, and the worldbuilding is superb. A weekly column on Tor.com is dedicated to rereading his two books so far, a column which has brought to light just how complex some of his plotting and details potentially are (without the third book out yet, there is much speculation in the comment thread).

Fourth, his magic is solid stuff - it feels realistic, much in the way many of Sanderson's magic systems come to feel realistic, because they're based in clear, almost scientific-feeling laws the reader understands thoroughly.

The Rothfuss books are slow, gently unfolding creatures of magic and humor and feeling; if you can't appreciate them, that's fine, but obviously many, many people do.
Suzanne B.
7. TadMod
Devastated that "The Wise Man's Fear" isn't first. But if people are convinced that "The All-Pro" is better, I should probably pick up a copy and see what it's all about!
Michael Grosberg
9. Michael_GR
With voting numbers as low as this, it's not surprising that some hitherto unknown (to me, at least) author managed to recruit a few blog readers (and probably some close friends and family members) and easily gain the first spot. Now I feel compelled to vote for some "real" contenders. Sorry Sigler, I'm not dissing your novel, haven't read it, but you know what I mean.

I'm just not sure if I should vote for Wise Man's Fear. I'm really conflicted about Rothfuss. I just can't figure out whether he's subverting genre conventions or retreading in the same well-worn path. I feel like he's *trying* to do something original but so far into the plot, it's just not quite evident what it is. His protagonist is strangely overpowered - but it feels as if there's a point to it somewhere down the line. Should we "reward" authors on what we *think* will happen next or do we wait and see if the promises made by books 1&2 finally pay off?
Suzanne B.
10. Butchie34
@paulcon. Also don't get it. In my opinion, A Wise Man's Fear was the worst novel I read in 2011.

Ok to be honest, I didn't finish it. I got bored halfway through and decided to read something interesting.

Wonder if negative votes get positive votes deducted.
Suzanne B.
11. Warduke72
The All-Pro thing is a joke right?
Anthony Pero
12. anthonypero
@11: No, it's social media at work. People who like the novel, and want to see it get more press, are rallying around it. Don't worry, at some point, Brandon Sanderson will weigh in on this and send his legion of internet fans (like me) down here to crash the vote. At that point, all else will be moot :)
Anthony Pero
13. anthonypero
Butchie34, paulcon:

I would encourage each of you to read the first five blog posts on this site in the Rothsfuss Reread by Jo Walton. Then come back and tell us how Rothsfuss is telling a story "we've all read a 100 times in different novels". Almost no one is operating at Rothsfuss' level right now.
Suzanne B.
14. Rob Treeman
http://scottsigler.com/system/attachments/Books/3/avatars/all-pro-ebook-cover-600x900.gif and http://reviewfromhere.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/TheSeventhThrone-WebCover-small.jpg are winning?
....what?
Teresa Nielsen Hayden
15. tnh
Anthonypero@12: If someone's going to get Sanderson's fans moving, they'd better be doing it right now. The same goes for anyone else's fans. Deadline approaches.
Anthony Pero
16. anthonypero
Oh, I wasn't saying I was going to move his fans here, lol. I do not have such power. Just that I would be one so moved, should BS weigh in on his twitter/blog/facebook.

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